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Wild Horses (UK) - 1981 Stand Your Ground



ARTIST: Wild Horses (UK)
ALBUM: Stand Your Ground
LABEL: EMI
SERIAL: EMC 3368
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2013, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY169

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jimmy Bain - vocals, bass * Brian Robertson, John Lockton - guitars * Clive Edwards - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I'll Give You Love * 02 In The City * 03 Another Lover * 04 Back In The USA * 05 Stand Your Ground * 06 The Axe * 07 Miami Justice * 08 Precious * 09 New York City *10 Stake Out


Background
Here's the second installment of the British band Wild Horses, who we wrote an article about a few days ago, referring to their 1980 debut 'The First Album'. Of recent interest, particularly to collectors is that both WH albums were given the reissue treatment from Rock Candy Records, and considering we haven't written about this classic rock outfit previously, it seems like a good occasion to add them to the GDM archives. As mentioned in our earlier review, this was the band of Jimmy Bain and Brian Robertson, who bought in Neil Carter and Clive Edwards to participate on the debut 'The First Album'. After its release and 1980 tour, Carter left to join UFO, and guitarist John Lockton came onboard for this the second and final album for Wild Horses 'Stand Your Ground'.


The Songs
'I'll Give You Love' gallops off from the starters blocks as if headed for the lead. Some good guitar playing here, while Bain drives the song with strong vocals and pumping bass lines. 'In The City' is very American sounding, in fact the whole album is lifted a level higher from the debut. Hard to ignore the Thin Lizzy vibe throughout bother 'Another Lover' and 'Back In The USA', and when WH venture into the title-track 'Stand Your Ground', the boys are firing on all cylinders. This one is very up-tempo, and sounds great as a result. 'The Axe' also operates at a fast tempo, with loads of guitars pumping out riffs and lead work. More subdued is 'Miami Justice', featuring twin guitar work, the lyrics reading like a depositions hearing for a legal case! 'Precious' sees WH take it easy for the first time on the album. Not quite ballad, but melodic and mild nonetheless. 'New York City' has a bluesy flavour though this is still mostly a hard rock track. The finale 'Stake Out' is the sort of tune that Phil Lynott would be proud to own. The tale of a young lad who gets into trouble more often than not.


In Summary
At the conclusion of Wild Horses commitments in the Spring of 1981, founder Brian Robertson departed, as did drummer Edwards. Bain continued on with Lockton for the shortlived version of Wild Horses Mk2, including Reuben and Laurence Archer and drummer Frank Noon. However those three left not long after to form their own band; the acclaimed Stampede. Bain saw the writing on the wall, and eventually became the bassist for the high-profile Dio, while Lockton went on to join German melodic rockers Victory. There are various reissues of this album, but get the Rock Candy version if you can. Refer to the Wikipedia details for more info.


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